Thursday, 30 October 2014


A pattern to use early next season is the pearly dabbler, this was used on a size 6 and size 8 single trout hook and caught a few  salmon on carrowmore.
It is also a great fry pattern from mid June.
These are now available on my web site together with all the new patterns.

Monday, 27 October 2014


This year saw one of my designs work well on the Irish loughs,the Peachy dabbler.
specifically designed as a Daphnia pattern it was tried out on Loughs Mask Sheelin and Corrib and the results were truly amazing.
New modifications to the pattern will be carried out over the winter and i look forward to field testing them next year.
The recipe for this is as follows

HOOK- size 10 wet hook
TAIL- Claret cock pheasant tail
BODY- peachy angel hair
BODY HACKLE sunburst saddle
RIB gold utc wire
UNDER HACKLE- flo orange saddle
WING- hot orange bronze mallard


Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Melvin Rose

This pattern was originally designed over 10 years ago when fishing lough Melvin.
Francy McGorty of the owner of Melvin house near Garrison asked for a fly to be designed the night we were staying and this was created, with no name we decided to christen it the Melvin Rose after Francy.
This around June time and it worked fantastic in the deeps for the Sonaghan as it turned out to be a fantastic Daphnia pattern.
This version has been tweeked, instead of the usual english partridge we substituted it for the flo yellow french partridge and the pattern still worked well on the loughs.
For anyone wanting to tie this up here is the recipe.

THREAD- red danvilles 7/0
HOOK- size 10 med wt wet hook
TAIL- sunburst pheasant tail
RIB- gold wire
BODY- banana glister
BODY HACKLE- sunburst hackle
UNDER HACKLE- flo orange hackle
OVER HACKLE- flo yellow french partridge

Sunday, 14 September 2014

More of the Pseudo hackle

Last week saw a friend of mine come over to Ireland to have a weeks fly tying tuition and fishing.
As you may know conditions have been bad with very little rain and the rivers not fishing much.

But we managed to get a few fish on the new patterns tied with the Pseudo hackle.
hopefully Adam will be trying these out for grayling this year and i wait to get the results back.

Reports have been coming back that the Pink Pseudo patterns have worked well for the sea trout so production has started on the patterns and will be on the web site next week.